"I'm very happy with our purchase of the Super Mario Bros., considering the impact the release of this game had on the world and continues to have", said Heritage Auctions' Halperin, in the statement.
Obviously adding to its price is the historical value that the game has as it's the title that kicked off the Super Mario Bros. franchise as we know it now, and launched the character of Mario into what it is today: one of the most recognizable fictional characters across any form of media. Not only is this the only known sealed copy of the first USA print run of Super Mario Bros., it is also in almost immaculate condition.
The circular foil sticker sealing the game indicates that it's from a small test batch released by Nintendo to test the markets in NY and Los Angeles in 1985, before the NES gained a wider release across the rest of America.
In addition to its high grade quality, this is said to be the only known "sticker sealed" copy of Super Mario Bros. Over the years, we've seen rare games sell for tens of thousands of dollars, meanwhile the largest video game collection in the world was sold several years ago for $750,000. It comes in a box designed for the first run of NES games produced in America, which were sealed at the top using a black foil sticker with Nintendo's logo emblazoned on it. "In terms of rarity, popularity, and relevance to collectors, this game has it all". "Not only are all of NES sticker sealed games extremely rare, but by their nature of not being sealed in shrink wrap they usually exhibit significant wear after more than 30 years". The game's box has a near-mint rating of 9.4 by Wata Games a website dedicated to rating collectible video games.
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Mr Kahn said the original owner had been holding on to the game for a while and famously would not entertain offers below six figures.
Certified classics have in the past sold for five-figures, but after this sale, auctioneers believe costs of games like this will only rise.
Gieg compared the video game to the historic comic book "Action Comics #1".